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The question is often asked, “What is God doing about the problem of sin and suffering in the world?” In this study guide we will be looking at what God has done in response to sin and how it affects every human being on planet earth.
“For God so ___________ the __________, that he gave his only _______________ ________, that whosoever ___________ in him should not ____________, but have _______________ life.”
1 Peter 1:18-20
“Who verily was _________________ before the ______________ ___ _______ ______________, but was manifest in these last times for you,”
God took the decision to give His Son as a sacrifice for our sins before the world was created. God knew that because He cre-ated man with the freedom of choice, the possibility existed that man could sin. That is why Adam and Eve did not die immediately after they sinned, because the plan of salvation was activated as soon as they sinned (see Rev. 13:8; 2 Timothy 1:8-10).
“And I will put __________ between thee and the ___________, and between thy _____________ and her ______________; it shall bruise thy _____________, and thou shalt bruise his ___________.”
God's plan of salvation was first revealed in the Garden of Eden, when God came to question Adam and Eve about what they had done after they had sinned. The “Seed of the Woman” refers to Jesus Christ, who would “crush the Serpent's head” (See Galatians 3:16; Romans 16:20; Revelation 12:5).
“And he said unto them, These are the _____________ which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that __________ ______________ must be _________________, which were written in the law of _______________, and in the _____________, and in the ________________, concerning me” (see also Hebrews 4:1, 2; Galatians 3:8).
Yes, they did. Through the sacrificial system and the teach-ings of the prophets, God spoke to the people about the coming Messiah—in whom they could find forgiveness of sins, even before He came to die.
“But when the ______________ of the time was come, God _________ ________ his Son, ___________ of a woman, made un-der the _______________,”
“And she shall bring forth a _____________, and thou shalt call his name __________________: for he shall __________________ his people from their _________________.”
“Neither is there _________________ in any other: for there is none other _____________under heaven given among men, whereby we must be _________________.”
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of _____________, thought it not robbery to be ____________ with God: But made ______________of no reputa-tion, and took upon him the form of a _________________, and was made in the _________________ of men:”
Jesus was God, dwelling in human flesh. He veiled His divinity with humanity, so that He could experience the life of a human being—to face and overcome temptation as a man. Therefore, He was both God and man (see Hebrews 2:14-17; 1 Timothy 3:16; John 1:1-3; 14).
1 John 3:5
“And ye know that he was _______________ to take away __________ ___________; and in him is no _______________.”
In order to be our substitute and sacrifice, Jesus had to be sinless, and He was (see also 1 Peter 2:21, 22). That is why the animal sacrifices that were offered in the sacrificial system and who represented Jesus had to be without spot or blemish.
1 Peter 2:24
“Who his own self _________ __________ ________ in his own ___________on the tree, that we, being _________________to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose _______________ ye were healed.”
Isaiah 53:5, 6
“But he was _______________ for our _______________, he was ____________ for our _____________: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like _____________ have gone _________________; we have turned every one to his own _____________; and the LORD hath laid on him the ________________ of us all.”
Jesus took our sins upon Himself and died in our place. He suffered as if He was the One responsible for the sins of the whole world. For the Bible says, “. . . the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
“. . . .Then Peter said unto them, _________________, and be ________________every one of you in the name of _______________ ________________ for the ________________of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the ______________________.”
In order to truly benefit from what Jesus has done for the world, each person must decide in his/her heart to renounce the sinful ways of the world and accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord (see also Acts 16:30, 31). We will study more about how to be saved in the next lesson.